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and congressional republicans are now at odds on two fronts. the battle over the nomination of chuck hagel for defense secretary. it's been delayed another week, that vote. the $85 billion of automatic spending cuts which is scheduled to take effect in two weeks time. we have it covered this morning. we start with a view from the white house. in washington the job of the white house chief of staff is known as the most powerful post in town. there is a new man occupying that seat of power and he is here with us this morning on "meet the press." his first appearance. who is he? how did he get here? denis mcdonough grew up one of 11 kids in a small town. he was a high school football star. he worked in the house for congressman lee hamilton and in the senate for majority leader tom daschle and later for barack obama. when the freshman senator decided to make a run for the white house in 2008 he tapped mcdonough to be his foreign policy adviser for the campaign and once president, obama appointed him. the president noted when he announced him as his pick, mcdonough has been involved in every m
's being looked into by the ethics committee and i can't comment beyond that. >> what about senator hagel? will he be confirmed or is there discussion that he should pull back and allow the president to nominate someone else? >> i think senator hagel will be confirmed and republican senators have told me privately that they are not going to initiate the first full buster in history on the secretary of defense nominee. he's gotten a lot of grief from members of his own party, many in the senate. in the end, i think he'll receive the votes to be the next secretary of defense. >> including dick cheney who said he was among those nominees that were second-rate choices by the president. >> i'm not going to comment on vice president cheney's views of public service at this point. >> all right. senator durbin, we will leave it there. thank you very much for your views. >> thank you. >>> we're back now with the roundtable. mayor reed, we're going to get to drones in just a few minutes, even though we ended there. i want to pick up back on this politics now in washington over these automatic spend
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